Friday, 29 August 2014

The Little Things

new job 

new job...
So the the reason I wasn't online much last week was that I got a job! A full-time job. Today is my last day of training and fingers crossed I passed the big test and actually have the job.

wedding planning ahoy!
Two weeks ago we decided to get on with wedding 'stuff', as we had picked a second wedding date in April {not long to go!} and have decided to go with that. So I sent out a lot of emails and got lots of replies and well it all looks good to go! My favourite photographer is available and in budget {I jumped for joy!}, we found a new venue and it's available for our wedding date and does good food! Our home-town registry office has dates available on our chosen wedding date so we just need to pay the deposit for that soon, we've been looking at renting a vintage bus but we're not sure our budget will stretch yet, we'll have to see how things go. But it is all finally coming together and slowly moving forward! YEY!!!


I blog five to six days a week on my book blog and although I have a schedule what gets posted on what day and when reviews need to be up by I generally write every post that day, the same for when I post here. But now I have a full-time job that's just not possible. Especially this week and last week were I've brought work home with me to study for my mini tests leading up to my big test. I didn't even read anything last week either. There just wasn't enough time. So after reading Media Marmalade's posts on How To Juggle A Daily Blog & A Full Time Career and How To Run a Blog: Keeping Organised and Inspired I spent my three day weekend planning blog posts & reviews and writing them. Including this one.

So I had a three day weekend last weekend, which means I only had a four day week this week. A first for me ever! So I watched a lot of films on Saturday with my other half as he was hungover and we continued it on Sunday and Monday when he got home from work.
White House Down // Elysium // Olympus Has Fallen // Thor 2 {for the 20th time}// Gravity // The Heat //

pride and p 

spineless classics
Someone blogged about spineless classics last week, I cannot remember who though, but oh mm gee! Amazing. It's made the top of my current wishlist and would look great in any of our rooms if only I could pick one! There are too many, there's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, The Hobbit, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dracula, Pride and Prejudice, Stardust, there's just too many!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Rhubarb & Vanilla

Wilkos face mask

While browsing in Wilkinson's the other week I noticed there new range of products and after smelling all of them I really fell in love with the rhubarb and vanilla range. I ended up buying the shower gel and face mask in the rhubarb and vanilla range. I might review the shower gel after using it a bit more but seriously the smell is amazing.

The face mask is an interesting idea, the scent isn't as strong compared to the shower gel but you can still tell what it's meant to be. For £1.50 I wasn't expecting too much. But you can get several uses out of the mask and you can get a nice thick layer and still have lots leftover.

There are no instructions on the package but I think it tends to be a given how you use it. I whacked it on and left it for 10 minutes, it made my face tingle a little and after washing it off my face was lovely and soft without feeling tight.

For £1.50 I think it's a cute product and I liked the idea that you can buy several of the items in each range and get a matching face mask to make up a gift 'basket' for a friend's birthday.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Book Buying Ban and the Results

book buying ban buys

I wasn't going to write this post here but I thought why not. During lent I gave up buying books. Only books not ebooks. Part of this was because we had moved and we were living with my Mum so really there wasn't any room for me to store any books I bought and partly because of a lack of money, and I wasn't giving up chocolate for the third year in a row just to fail it again.

book buying ban

So off I went with my noble intentions not to buy any books for 40 days. I thought it was going to be super hard and I'd have lots of problems. Weirdly enough I didn't. I'd made a plan to buy Concealed in Death as my present for not buying any books during my ban {it felt only fitting} and no-one had bought it for me for my birthday {it was on my wishlist} and I really wanted it.

concealed in death

Seriously addicted to J.D Robb's In Death series, even though I'm about seven books away from this one, my last book {Thankless in Death} was in hardback and I wanted the next hardback so they would match on my book shelf. Yep, I'm that kind of book person.
So I did the book ban no real problems at all. I saw I Quit Sugar in the supermarket with my Mum and went back and bought it when the ban was finished but that was the only book I saw and really wanted. 


My problems really happened after the ban was over. You see I've only bought three books since my book buying ban has ended. I even waited just over week after the ban was over to buy Concealed in Death. I bought I Quit Sugar just after the ban before we moved, then Concealed in Death, then I received a copy of One Day from a friend and then a month or two after I bought What to Expect Before You're Expecting because it was £1.99 on Amazon, and that's it. I haven't bought a book since!


I feel like I have issues now not because there aren't books I want to buy, it's just that I can't make myself buy them. The amount of times I've stepped into Waterstones and picked up a clothbound issue of Emma and then put it back down is ridiculous! Or been unable to press the buy now button on Amazon. I need help! To make me buy books. Ironic isn't it? Or is it? I guess the book buying ban worked too well.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Be Right Back!

Be right back, really soon I hope but real life just got super hectic!


Monday, 18 August 2014

Low Fodmap Diet Part Two

Day 1 Low Fodmap Diet
Day 1
Lunch: Tuna salad {loved it!}
Dinner: Shepherds Pie with lettuce and carrot {Ryan made it, need his recipe!}
Supper: Oats with almond milk and golden syrup {nice sweet treat}

Day 2 Low Fodmap Diet
Day 2
Breakfast: Overnight oats and peppermint tea {overnight oats aren't for me!}
Lunch: Leftovers from last nights tea with water and side salad 
Snack: Iced peppermint tea with two vimto ice lollies
Dinner: Home-made chips with cod {batter removed} <3
Supper: Leftover overnight oats with added almond milk

Day 3 Low Fodmap Diet
Day 3
Breakfast: {on the go} Grapes and a bottle of water
Lunch: Mashed baked potatoe with tuna and lemon and herb nandos sauce with side salad.
Dinner: Lemon chicken with rice and spinach and red peppers {too much lemon was a bit sour}
Snack: Two wheat & gluten free biscuits

Day 4 Low Fodmap Diet
Day 4
Brunch: Scrambled eggs with pepper and red pepper and grapes and two free from chocolate digestives {not a big egg fan so no love here}
Snack: Dairy free orange chocolate bar
Dinner: His & Hers - Hers Stuffed peppers {rice, red pepper, cheese and sausage} with home-made chips and spinach {<3'd this recipe!}
& His Sausages, home-made chips, baked beans and cheese

Day 5 Low Fodmap Diet
Day 5
Breakfast: Oats with almond milk and a dollop of golden syrup
Lunch: Scrambled egg with rice with spinach and red pepper {super bland and awful}
Snack: grapes and vimto ice lolly
Dinner: Baked potatoe with tuna and pepper and side salad

Day 6 Low Fodmap Diet
Day 6
Breakfast: Grapes and peppermint tea
Snack: Stawberry and white chocolate cereal bar {naughty, naughty}
Lunch: Baked potatoe with tuna, red pepper and carrot
Dinner: Loaded baked potato & chicken casserole with carrot and spinach {amazing meal!}
Snack: Dairy free chocolate buttons
{Food haul: spinach, wheat & gluten free pasta, baked potatos, bacon, dairy free chocolate buttons, green pepper, double cream and tuna}

Day 7 Low Fodmap Diet
Day 7
Breakfast: Grapes and peppermint tea starting to miss cheerios though!
Lunch: Baked potato with tuna, pepper and carrot
Snack: Dairy free chocolate buttons
Dinner: Home-made chips with chicken dippers {batter removed}
Snack: 2 custard creams
Super: grapes and a peppermint tea

My side salad generally consisted of lettuce or spinach, red pepper, carrot and nando's lemon and herb sauce which I'm super addicted too! Most of my inspiration came from pinterest and the Delicious as it looks food blog.

For more inspiration check out my pinterest food board, or my instragram. I really enjoyed doing the low fodmap diet and am continuing to eat as much low fodmap food as I can because it totally works for me!